I have to respectfully disagree with the conclusions of this editorial. Freedom of speech, especially in the press, should not be compromised by the idea that such freedom might offend a reader or viewer. Exactly what principles are you sticking up for by deciding not to publish any of the cartoons, especially the front cover of the latest issue? Certainly not freedom of speech, or the freedom of the press. Perhaps, the principle of not offending someone else's beliefs, but is that really the principle that motivated you to launch City Paper those many years ago? I would hope not...
I find it truly hard to believe that there can be an entire article on the opening of the ArtWalk Extension and absolutely not one mention is made of either Poets Walk or Story Walk, major components of the newly opened expansion. There was certainly ample opportunity to include them when the subject of "Sidewalks" was raised by the writers of this article, but no, included were only references to the lighting, benches and sculptures.
When I spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open the ArtWalk Extension on Thursday afternoon, I mentioned that I was there to represent words and literature, the art form that is almost always overlooked or forgotten when the subject of Art, (capital A), is addressed. What is so unique and heartening about the new ArtWalk Extension, I said at that event, was that poetry and words were included and play such a major role in this exciting addition to our city's literal, and figurative, cultural landscape.
City's complete neglect of the two Walks in your reporting does much to support my contention. Very disappointing from a media outlet that relies so heavily on words to get your message out.
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